First Congregational United Church of Christ
Alpena MI

49707-2881





Who we are

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Alpena, Michigan is a Christian congregation serving the Alpena community and seeking, engaging, and encouraging others through a life-changing Christian journey.

We seek to be a loving, friendly community that worships God, and serves others. We place a high priority on teaching from the Bible and following the example of Jesus.

Our vision is to impact and renew Alpena and beyond with the transforming message of Jesus Christ through words and actions.

Come as you are - we'd love to get to know you.



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First Congregational United Church of Christ
201 S 2nd Ave
Alpena, MI 49707-2881
United States
Phone: 989 356-1795
Fax: 989 356-8825
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Church Pastor

Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lance
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lance
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201 S 2nd Ave
Alpena, MI 49707-2881
United States
Phone: 989-356-1795
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John 14:1

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

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First Congregational United Church of Christ Alpena Service Times

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10:00 AM Sanctuary Worship

11:00 AM Fellowship Hour

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History of First Congregational United Church of Christ Alpena

1862

The First Congregational Church is Alpena’s oldest organized church, founded March 2, 1862. Religious gatherings were held at the home of Daniel and Sarah Carter, Alpena’s first white settlers. These meetings evolved into the First Congregational Church.

1868

The first church building was a wooden structure completed in 1868 with Daniel G. Bisbee as the founding pastor.

1892

The second church building was completed in 1892. This building incorporated the first structure and was constructed of brick and stone. It was completely removed to make way for the third church building.

1955

The third building, the current church home, is constructed of concrete masonry and was completed in 1955. The building was made possible by the generosity of Jesse H. and Anna M. Besser, industrialists and philanthropists. Jesse Besser, who invented concrete block manufacturing equipment, had a strong interest in seeing what could be accomplished in building a monumental structure in the Gothic style, using concrete products manufactured by the Besser Company.

1961

In 1961 the congregation joined the United Church of Christ thus creating the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

2012

In 2012 the congregation celebrated its 150th anniversary. The church is 150 years strong, and looking toward the next 150 years.

2017

The current site of the First Congregational Church of Alpena was acquired in stages. The first lots were purchased from George N. Fletcher in 1868. In 1909 an additional 30 feet was purchased from A.W. Comstock, a member of another pioneer Alpena family. In 1919 the remainder lots were purchased from A.W. Comstock, thus completing what is the church’s current location.   Edit


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The power of Christian prayer Inspire my thoughts
Holy Spirit of God, visit now this soul of mine, and tarry within it until the eventide. Inspire all my thoughts. Pervade all my imaginations. Suggest all my decisions. Lodge in my soul's most inward citadel, and order all my doings. Be with me in silence and in my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and the weariness of the evening. Give me grace at all times to rejoice in Thy mysterious companionship.
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